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Subject: Derrick Sherwin, Actor & Doctor Who Producer

Dies at 82
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Date Posted: Monday, October 29, 09:07:26am

Derrick Sherwin, Doctor Who producer and creator of UNIT, dies aged 82

Derrick Sherwin former producer and story editor on Doctor Who has died, aged 82.

Between 1968 and 1970, Sherwin served as story editor and scriptwriter and later producer on the BBC sci-fi series.

He was originally offered the role of story editor in 1967, with the following year's 'The Web of Fear' the first story to air under Sherwin.

He also contributed a number of scripts to the series, writing another '68 story, 'The Invasion' which famously introduced the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce (UNIT) to Doctor Who.

His successor as script editor, Terrance Dicks, has also credited Sherwin with the creation of the Time Lords, who were introduced in Patrick Troughton's final story 'The War Games' (written by Dicks and Malcolm Hulke).

Sherwin served as producer of both 'The War Games' and Jon Pertwee's debut 'Spearhead From Space' he was not only involved in casting Pertwee as the third Doctor, but also introducing a new era of the show that saw the Doctor exiled to Earth, as well as a transition from black-and-white to colour.

In addition to his notable work behind the scenes, Sherwin who originally worked as an actor throughout the 1950s and '60s appeared on screen in Doctor Who, playing a UNIT officer in 'Spearhead From Space' in 1970.

Outside of the worlds of Doctor Who, he also worked alongside Peter Bryant another former Who producer on the TV series Paul Temple (1969-1971) and produced the shows The Man Outside (1972) and Perils of Pendragon (1974).

Sherwin died last week, after a long illness.


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IMDb-Monday, October 29, 09:08:47am
The only producer of the classic series still alive is Philip Hinchcliffe (NT)He is 74Monday, October 29, 09:38:42am

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